Who was Capitol police officer Howard Liebengood and how did he die?

ANOTHER US Capitol police officer has died in wake of the Pro-Trump siege in Washington that took place on January 6.

Howard Liebengood, who was 51, passed away on January 9.

What happened to Capitol police officer Howard Liebengood?

The Capitol Police issued a statement about Liebengood's death.

"The United States Capitol Police is deeply saddened by the off-duty death on January 9, 2021, of Officer Howard Liebengood, age 51," read the statement.

"He was assigned to the Senate Division, and has been with the Department since April 2005. 

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues."

The Capitol Police added: "We ask that his family, and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected during this profoundly difficult time."

Unconfirmed reports on social media claim Liebengood took his life by suicide. However, the USCP has not disclosed a cause of death.

The USCP has made no suggestion that Liebengood's death was linked to the riots that took place on January 6.

He is the second law enforcement officer who died just days after Capitol was breached by pro-Trump supporters hellbent on overturning the Electoral College result.

Who was Brian Sicknick?

Officer Brian Sicknick died one day after the Capitol riots after reportedly having been hit over the head by a fire extinguisher.  

Sicknick may have been killed by a "chemical agent," according to reports.

“It was not clear if the blunt force had killed him; a chemical agent may have led to his death,” according to The New York Times.

US Capitol Police said: "The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and our federal partners.

The chaos at the Capitol came as members of Congress were meeting to vote and certify the 2020 presidential election results.

"Officer Sicknick joined the USCP in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit.

"The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague."

His brother told ABC7: "After a day of fighting for his life, he passed away a hero.

"I would like to thank all of his brothers and sisters in law enforcement for the incredible compassion and support they have shown my family. "

More than 50 Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department officers were injured during the siege.

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